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Book Launch: The Living Alphabet

11 June 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Mrs Tsira Kemularia in partnership with the Embassy of Georgia to the United Kingdom and the Royal Asiatic Society presents book Launch: The Living Alphabet


The book presents a unique Georgian manuscript, Sulkhan- Saba Orbeliani’s Georgian dictionary, which was rewritten at the end of 18th Century by a famous calligrapher Petre Laradze.

The original manuscript was kept in Mukhranbatoni Palace for many years but was taken to Paris at the start of 20th Century and then sold to an English antique dealer. It later made its way into the private collection of William Edward David Allen, friend of Oliver Wardrop’s and was purchased by the Lilly Library (Indiana State University) at the Sotheby Auction in 1952.

“The Living Alphabet” is published by the Art Palace of Georgia and offers not only a unique reproduction of 37 letters but fascinating research into the manuscript and its journey from Georgia to the United States.



18:30   Welcome remarks: Dr Alison Ohta, Director of the Royal Asiatic Society

18.35   Welcome remarks: HE Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the United Kingdom

18.40   Mrs Tsira Kemularia, publisher the Living Alphabet

18:45   Video address by Dr Alexander Mikaberidze. Author the Living Alphabet, Professor of History, Ruth Herring Noel Endowed Chair for the Curatorship of the James Smith Noel Collection, Louisiana State University

19:00 The Living Alphabet, book presentation by Professor George Kalandia, Director of the Art Palace of Georgia

19:20   Q&A

19:30   The Living Alphabet – book exhibition followed by Georgian wine reception with canapés.

To register for the event please follow the link here.


11 June 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
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